W.E.L.D.E.R. Review

W.E.L.D.E.R. Review

Dec 17, 2012

Word games of any kind are challenging. W.E.L.D.E.R. is not like most word games out there. It’s almost a combination of a Scrabble and a puzzle game like Bejeweled. In this case, it’s a matter of spelling words vs. matching colors.

W.E.L.D.E.R. has features one would expect and some other add-ins to make it a little more unique and fun. When the game begins, a board full of Scrabble-like tiles with letters and blank spaces are shown. With a limited number of swaps, the goal is to change around letters to form four or more letter words. Like in many word games, proper nouns like city or names cannot be used. The blank letters are able to be changed into any of the letters of the alphabet. However, once they’re changed the block cannot be changed again or go back to being blank.

After so many words are completed, more swaps are given. ne of the other unique features of the game is the apocalypse swap. What this does is wipes out the entire board and replaces it with all new tiles. Many times when using the apocalypse swap several words are created; almost like freebies. Other types of squares make it more of a challenge also. For example the hot squares cannot be moved without using a wrench. The wrench tool is not accessible right away. Different types of swaps are available as the game progresses. There is a swap that allows a section of the word to be selected and that whole section moved vs. using several individual swaps to move all the letters.

W.E.L.D.E.R. is meant to be a social game. Play against others by either signing in with a Facebook account or creating an account. Playing against others makes the game a little more competitive and brings a whole new aspect to word games like this.

W.E.L.D.E.R. Review Rundown

9
Graphics/Sound - The look and sounds of W.E.L.D.E.R. are very mechanical. These go well with all of the references to "the machine" feeding the tiles.
9
Controls - The controls are straight forward. Tap one tile then tap another to swap them. Sometimes tap and dragging.
9
Gameplay - I like the unique tiles and the Apocalypse swap. These make for different variables to the game making it more of a challenge.
9
Replay Value - Word games are always fun to play over and over because they're never the same twice. When adding a social aspect into a word game, that makes it even more addictive.
9
Overall - I think W.E.L.D.E.R. is a home run when it comes to fun word games.

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